Hair up or down? Natural nails or flashy pink? Choosing your wedding day look does not have to be daunting. If you are in the process of finding the right style, here are some tips to get the creative beauty juices flowing.
Think about how you want to be remembered in your photos.
When choosing your best look, this should be the most important question. You will return to your wedding album to spark joyful memories for years to come. Take time to over the next week to reminisce with old photos and make beauty decisions based on your reaction to various looks. Consider makeup, hairstyles, clothing choices, and so on. Then start asking questions like, “Do I photo better with an updo or a more natural, flowing hairstyle?” “Do I prefer pictures with makeup that creates a statement or more subtle tones?” If you find it hard to settle, grab a trusted friend and a camera to create your own photo shoot. Take as many photos as possible with as many looks as you can create. Have fun!
Let your venue be a guide.
If you are tying the knot in an upscale ballroom, opt for a formal hairstyle with accessories and makeup that suit the ambiance. However, if you have opted for a beach wedding, a fancy updo may not hold up well with wind and humidity (no matter how much hairspray you use). An outdoor wedding in the summer heat is also not the best place to layer heavy makeup. Consider the elements of your surroundings before each beauty decision you make.
Consider the time of day.
Yes, the time of day you tie the knot should make a difference in your look. Bright lights in the morning or midday may not be the best time for a bold makeup statement. However, dim lighting through the evening hours is perfect for adding an extra touch. Bold makeup or hair may also seem out of place for an early ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to air on the lighter side early in the day.
If you are interested in getting help from the professionals, here is a list of beauty appointments you may want to schedule before the big day.
Your calendar is full, and you are running all over town pulling details together. One major piece to remember in the chaos is YOU! Leave some space for these important self-care appointments. You will be thankful when you walk down the aisle not only looking, but feeling your best.
Schedule a Mani-Pedi and bring along your bridesmaids. This is a great way to unwind and spend time with the girls. Ask in advance if you can pop the bubbly and include a snack tray to make it even more festive.
You may have secured a stylist on location for your wedding day, but don’t forget a maintenance appointment. Trim your split ends and include a deep conditioning treatment one to two weeks prior. You want your hair honeymoon ready after all! This also allows your stylist to focus solely on up-do and curls on your wedding day.
Not every bride has a make-up artist on site. Plan a visit with a professional one or two weeks out and include your maid of honor. Ask for tips on proper application and take notes on how to create an extra pop for photos.
Whether you prefer the tanning booth or a spray, it is important that you make this appointment within one week prior to your wedding day. You want to allow time for your tan to set so you walk down the aisle with perfectly glowing skin. Tans will fade over time so try to not to make your appointment too early.
This one is for you. You have worked hard preparing for this big moment, it’s time to relax a little. A massage is a great way to reduce stress and ease any tension you have developed through your planning. This is also a great way to escape by taking your mind off wedding details. You deserve it!
Every bride wants to look their best when they walk down the aisle. To create the perfect look, start with the right gown. Then move on to a complimentary hairstyle and makeup pallet selection. Finally, add a touch of glamour by including a beautiful hair accessory. If you like the idea but are unsure of how to select the right hair piece for you, here are a few ideas to get you started.
One of the most prevalent pieces you can include in your look is a crown. These have been worn by brides for decades and certainly give you the look of a princess. If a traditional style crown is not for you, consider a more subtle look such as a floral wreath or decorative piece that sits flat.
Headbands offer a classic and timeless look. They are more subtle than crowns and help to set your hairstyle. Depending on your gown, you can find headbands that offer a diamond sparkle. Or go floral instead to blend nicely with the colors of your bouquet.
Hair pins are elusive, beautiful and serve functionally to hold your hairstyle in place. When selecting pins, be sure to match them closely with your other jewelry and select the correct size for your length and style. Hairpins are typically used for half up half down looks.
Decorative hair combs also offer a subtle vibe. They are less functional so you can choose your piece after selecting your hair style. When setting your comb, use elastic bands to help hold it in place to guarantee it will not fall out.